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Do Anti-abortion Activists Even Know How Babies Are Made?

Apparently my video about how Planned Parenthood is obviously not selling baby parts has gone viral amongst horrified anti-abortion proponents, which has led them to flood my inbox and my Twitter feed with outrage.

Yesterday, one angry man Tweeted me this:

I found it hilarious that a grown adult thought babies grow in a woman’s stomach, so I retweeted it and played along with a pretty decent baby-eating (and baby-pooping!) joke:

Then I muted him and moved along, because I have a life.

This morning, I found that my baby-eating Tweet had apparently caught the attention of the other anti-abortion folks, and judging from their reactions, I’ve realized that “nate_dogg1620” isn’t just an outlier: there’s an entire hoard of people who want to force women to give birth but have no idea what that entails, down to the very basic fact that fetuses are carried in the uterus, not the stomach. In part, I blame the anti-abortionists’ use of euphemisms for nearly everything, to engender the most amount of emotional attachment and the least amount of scientific accuracy. In particular, the use of the word “womb” seems to have confused people who don’t realize it means “uterus,” as opposed to “magical place in the midsection of a woman where the stork delivers the baby.”

Here’s a selection of responses for your amusement/horror:

There are probably more that I already muted, but that should be enough to convince you that holy shit, we need better sex education everyone.

EDIT: Thanks to Brandon K. Thorp and Adam Levenstein, I now know that these people are all coming from this hilarious article on YoungCons, where the author, Michael Cantrell, thinks that a stomach is the same as a uterus. Here’s the text of the post just in case they become self-aware and remove it:

Yesterday we showed you a video by a truly horrible, despicable human being defending the baby chop shop Planned Parenthood, and the overwhelming majority of folks who read the piece agreed the lady was sick and twisted.

Well, for those who might’ve been on the fence about how evil this girl is will no doubt jump on over after seeing this truly horrific tweet she posted to her account.

Seriously, this is demented.

Hmm.

That’s strange. She calls the unborn child who would be in her uterus a baby and not a clump of cells.

Looks like deep down this monster actually knows what she supports is the murder of innocent children.

It’s hard to believe there are people as disgusting as this chick in the real world, but lo and behold, here’s the proof of her existence.

This is a prime example of the twisted evil progressive ideology and culture produces, and believe it or not, there are many others like her out there. If we’re going to win the fight to preserve the right to life for the unborn, we’re going to have to confront this darkness both out in public, and privately in prayer.

While I’m so angry at Watson I could scream, and reading what she posts makes me want to slam my head against the wall — actions I wouldn’t advise anyone taking — deep down my heart aches for her.

She’s so consumed by darkness and selfishness she’s blind to depth of her own evil. This woman is headed down a road to destruction, both in this life and the one to come.

This is a realization I had upon reflecting on Watson’s video, and it hit me that this woman needs us to do more than just expose the darkness, though that’s certainly needed.

She needs us to pray for her and share the truth with her, both on abortion and the gospel of Jesus Christ, because only Jesus has the power to change her heart.

He’s sort of in the business of redeeming and changing monsters. After all, He did this for me.

Let’s hope all of this sinks in and she’s freed from her hate of the unborn.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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21 Comments

  1. July 31, 2015 at 1:18 pm —

    The commenters on that article are stupidly/conveniently reading your Twitter conversation with that nutcase exactly the other way around! Hilarious!

  2. July 31, 2015 at 1:55 pm —

    This commenter on the article you linked to was soooooo close to getting it. So close.

    “If the child was in your stomach, you’d be a cannibal princess. Ever take biology?” — greywulf1064 http://disq.us/8o5k5b

  3. July 31, 2015 at 2:20 pm —

    I don’t even know what to do with this. This level of ignorance scares me… like… actually scares me…

    • August 1, 2015 at 5:49 pm —

      It’s the problem with euphemism. “You were in your mommy’s tummy,” and these people apparently haven’t learned a single thing since age 4.

  4. July 31, 2015 at 5:23 pm —

    I’m Jewish. I thought baby-eating was supposed to be the province of my people. I wonder if Planned Parenthood delivers?

    • August 1, 2015 at 4:35 am —

      Sorry, that’s just one of those urban legends, actually in reality we atheists are the ones to eat baby sammiches.

      • August 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm —

        They’re especially tender when you get them before they’ve been baptized.

        • August 2, 2015 at 11:07 am —

          I just signed in specifically to tell you that you’re hysterical! Thanks for making me literally laugh out loud this morning.

          • August 2, 2015 at 11:46 am

            And thank you, SamBarge, for the ego boost! I’m a writer who specialized in writing satire before I started writing nonfiction about my coma experience and recovery (as I did in the current issue of Skeptical Inquirer and will in two future issues of Free Inquiry). I will get back to writing fiction eventually because I love it, but I’ve found that my satirical fiction writing chops enlivens my nonfiction. I instinctively satirize, as I did in that comment. Even though I know I’m good at it, I’m insecure enough that I need that kind of reinforcement. You put a big smile on my face!

    • August 1, 2015 at 5:48 pm —

      Hey, one woman I know was one of Cecilia Fire Thunder’s supporters, and her name is Cohen. Before the Mormons start getting ideas, her mother converted when she married.

      • August 1, 2015 at 8:35 pm —

        Wow, that would be a confusing case for the Mormons, given their previous views of Native Americans before they edited those magical disappearing golden tablets of theirs.

        • August 3, 2015 at 7:39 pm —

          I imagine where she lived in 1973 will be even more confusing for NAISA and similar orgs. (She moved to Israel to escape the violence in SD. That…didn’t work out so well. She’s actually told me stories about how her commander was the only man in her unit taller than her, and that’s because he was born in Ethiopia.)

          I can’t blame the Mormons for some of it. Like, Wakhã Thãka originally meant Taku ?kã?kã, or that which grants motion. (?kã literally means to move.) But missionaries redefined it in monotheistic terms. You might chuckle at some of the missionary Bibles, which add whole chapters dedicated just to throwing in Christian retcons.

        • August 3, 2015 at 7:41 pm —

          Oh, those cokebottles are supposed to be characters representing sh. The problem is that aspirated versions of most voiceless stops and fricatives exist in Lakota, so sh doesn’t really work well, now does it.

          • August 3, 2015 at 8:13 pm

            Thanks for the explanation–my Lakota is a little rusty.

            Personally, I chuckle at all Bibles. I mean, how much more ridiculous can you get than the original version? All animals were once vegetarians? My, what sharp vegetable-grinding teeth you have….

  5. August 1, 2015 at 10:56 am —

    Have any of these people even heard of black humor?

    • August 2, 2015 at 11:09 am —

      Now, now. Let’s not make this about race.*

      *That’s a joke, but I’m afraid many of these commenters would be railing against “playing the race card” if they read your post because… Well, they’re kind of dumb.

      • August 2, 2015 at 11:54 am —

        Indeed, many years ago, I used the term black humor, and the employee at the bookstore I was talking with thought I was making a racial comment. That’s why I started using the term dark humor instead. It’s also the reason I’ve never used the term niggardly, which has nothing to do with people of color, but is frequently misinterpreted.

  6. August 1, 2015 at 3:36 pm —

    Come on, Rebecca. Everyone knows that babies are brought to their mommies and daddies by storks. God makes mommy’s tum tum get big so the stork knows who the baby belongs to.

  7. August 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm —

    I find that one of the consistent themes of your troll-o-sphere is the complete erasure of your boyfriend by jerks like Clown Dawg, who i’m fairly certain is projecting a little.

  8. August 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm —

    It was a funny series of stupidity. But I don’t think any of them got the joke. From their reactions I think they assumed you meant “It’ll get there by lots of unprotected sex and will exit via abortion” rather than baby cakes and pooping. How wilfully obtuse of them.

    • August 3, 2015 at 4:07 pm —

      I was thinking baby cakes and “John Hurt”, but I won’t hit “submit” because this is in really poor taste, even for me…. Oops.

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